Arsenal have enjoyed a busy few days in the January transfer window as they have completed deals to sign both Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior, from Brighton and Spezia respectively.
However, Kiwior and Trossard may not be the last players to come through the door at The Emirates as Spanish right-back Ivan Fresneda is reportedly on the club’s radar.
Journalist Ryan Taylor recently told GIVEMESPORT that he expects the Gunners to “push” to complete a deal for the Real Valladolid enforcer this month.
This comes after The Athletic reported that Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are competing to land a £13.1m transfer swoop for the young defender.
Arteta could now ditch out-of-favour central defender Rob Holding by winning the race to sign Fresneda, as bringing a right-back in would free up Tomiyasu and White to provide cover at centre-back when needed.
Holding has been used as a substitute on six occasions in the Premier League this season and is yet to be handed a start, which comes after he made 15 appearances in the division – starting nine times – last term.
Arsenal could allow the 27-year-old to leave and enjoy regular game time elsewhere by signing Fresneda and ensuring that the Englishman’s departure would not leave the club shorthanded at right-back or centre-back.
The Valladolid full-back could be an excellent addition to the side as the gem has caught the eye this term. LaLiga Lowdown’s Matt Clark hailed the defender’s campaign so far in a recent interview with Chronicle Live, saying:
“Iván Fresneda has been one of the revelations of the season so far in LaLiga, standing out for newly-promoted Real Valladolid. He is a remarkably complete right back despite his young age, balancing his defensive duties with the odd attack too.
“He has that coveted combination of physicality and technical ability. Tall but agile, quick and athletic, he is also strong in the tackle and reads the game very well for someone so green when it comes to first team football.”
The 18-year-old has averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.99 across 10 appearances in the Spanish top-flight and averaged an impressive 4.2 tackles and interceptions per match, which shows that the enforcer can win the ball back for his side on a regular basis.
An average score of 6.99 would place him 11th in the Arsenal squad and this suggests that Fresneda could be a solid signing for the club in the short-term, if he can adjust to English football, as well as in the long-term at his young age.
This would, therefore, allow Arteta to sanction an exit for Holding as the Spanish coach would have ample options in defence to not worry about losing the 27-year-old.